Impact Baseball traveled down to Shallotte, North Carolina this morning for this edition of "In The Dugout" with Mike Alderson. Alderson has been a mainstay at the helm of the West Brunswick High School baseball team since the late 1980's. Coach Alderson returns eight starters from last year third round playoff club; he hopes the experience and leadership will guide the Trojans through the 2013 season.
Name: Mike Alderson
West Brunswick Head Baseball Coach
Years at West Brunswick: 25
Location: Shallotte, N.C.
First, I must ask before we get started. How is it coaching with wild man David Wright? Many people across the state say Coach Wright has the best hair of any high school baseball coach. What's your opinion?
David Wright is a great coach and baseball mind; I think he is trying to go with the Willie Nelson look!
With a lot of returning starters from last year club, expectations are very high for this club. What has your message been to the 2013 Trojans?
We have everybody back this year except Jessie Simmons that went onto Campbell University. We went to the third round of the state playoffs last year and are looking to go further this year. My message to this team is that you don't win ball games on paper; you win them on the field.
What are some the strengths for the 2013 West Brunswick Trojans?
One of our strengths is going to be our ability to play defense. In our lineup at the plate, we have great team speed.
How has the offseason been for your guys, what has been your main focus for the 2013 campaign?
Our offseason focus has been with our pitching staff. We have really emphasized on throwing a higher number of strike ratio to ball ratio early in the count.
You always host a great Easter Tournament, who is in the field this year?
The three Brunswick Co. schools, Winslow, N.J., South Stanley, West Harnett, Harrells and Topsail.
Your field down here is one of the nicest in the state year after year. How do you keep it up?
We keep it up with alot of hard work with community support and help from Parks & Rec.
Down in your area there are some really good clubs such as Whiteville, North Brunswick, Ashley, Hoggard the list could go on. How is it playing those guys in order to get you ready for the playoffs?
We try to schedule the 4A teams as our non-conference to get us ready for the playoffs.
What's your most memorable game at West Brunswick?
Most memorable game had to be game three of the 2004 State Championship vs. West Rowan. There's no feeling like it!
Next year with the new conference alignment, what's your conference looking like?
The Mid-Eastern conference has always been very strong and we will have to step our game up. We have been there before and made us better for playoffs.
What's your message to the young freshman coming into your program wide eyed?
Our message never changes we preach hard work and discipline. The speed of the game is going to change over the next four years, but our approach will stay the same.
Who's the best player you have ever coached?
I've had a lot of talented players over the the past 25 years, but Eric Johnson in the mid 90's was probably one of the most talented.
What's your favorite infield drill?
I really like our pre-game infield with two balls and two fungo hitters
If you had a day to do anything you wanted, what would you do?
When I have a day like that I usually work on the field.
If you could sit down with any coach in the world and pick their brain, who would it be and why?
Bobby Cox! He is one of the all-time greatest Major League Coaches.
Impact Baseball would like to thank Coach Alderson for his "In The Dugout" interview. We would like to wish him and the West Brunswick Trojans the best of luck this season.
More to come this afternoon here from Impact Baseball.. You don't want to miss it!